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 Statewatch News Online, 30 January 2006 (02/06)
 

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1. Greece: 5,432 immigrants in massive security sweep in 2005 at request of MI6
2. The war on terrorism: What is “Camolin”?
3. European Data Protection Supervisor on access by internal security agencies to VIS
4. EU-US: Flights, rendition, inquiries
5. UK: Police and Justice Bill
6. EU: Commission Proposal Establishing a Community civil protection mechanism
7. USA: General Accountability Office (GAO) Report on US-VISIT programme
8. UK leads the world in the collection of individual DNA records
9. Northern Ireland: Bloody Sunday Programme 2006
10. UK-PNR scheme
11. European Civil Liberties Network (ECLN): Noticeboard – latest updates
12. IFJ Slams “Culture of Indifference‰ Over Killings of Journalists
13. Russia-UK: Foreign Office rejects espionage claims against British diplomats
14. Italy: Interior Minister details reservations on the Prüm Convention (Schengen III)
15. Understanding the riots in France, IRR News Service
16. European Ombudsman says Council does not go far enough in opening up its meetings
17. EU: Commission on exchange of information by security and intelligence services
18. Germany: Government complicit in Iraq war
19. UK: New LSE report on Identity Cards

1. Greece: 5,432 immigrants questioned in massive security sweep in July-August 2005 at request of MI6 – 28 Pakistani men abducted, held in secret houses, questioned and subjected to violence: www.statewatch.org/news/2006/jan/08greece-security-sweep.htm

2. The war on terrorism: What is “Camolin”? An intelligence operation involving agencies from the USA, Germany, France, UK, Canada and Australia:
See: www.statewatch.org/news/2006/jan/05eu-camolin.htm

3. European Data Protection Supervisor Opinion on access by internal security agencies to the Visa Information System (VIS):
See: www.statewatch.org/news/2006/jan/edps-opinion-VIS-security.pdf

Commission proposal for a Council Decision (COM 600, 2005):
See: www.statewatch.org/news/2006/jan/com-600-05-VIS-security.pdf

The EDPS calls for a number of changes to strengthen the proposal. However, there is no right for the individual to be told of access to their data or of how it is further processed by the “internal security” agencies (anti-terrorist and law enforcement).

4. EU-US: Flights, rendition, inquiries:

a. Council of Europe: Rendition and camps: According to Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly investigator Dick Marty it is highly likely that European governments were aware of Œrendition‚ affecting Europe: CoE Interim Report – full-text (pdf): www.statewatch.org/news/2006/jan/coe-interim-det.pdf

b. EU: Rendition: the cover-up by Martin Bright (New Statesman, link):
www.newstatesman.com/200601230005

Full-text of secret memo from the Foreign Office to No 10 (pdf):
See: www.statewatch.org/news/2006/jan/rendition-letter.pdf

c. European Parliament:

a. Resolution setting up temporary committee to investigate flights and detention centres (link):
www.europarl.eu.int/omk/sipade3?TYPE-DOC=MOTION&REF=B6-2006-0051&MODE=SIP&L=EN

b. Membership of the Committee – list of MEPs
www.statewatch.org/news/2006/jan/ep-temp-committee.htm

5. UK: Police and Justice Bill (pdf):
See: www.statewatch.org/news/2006/jan/uk-police-and-justice-Bill.pdf

Explanatory Notes (pdf):
See: www.statewatch.org/news/2006/jan/uk-police-and-justice-Bill-explan.pdf

The Bill includes powers to collect PNR (Passenger Name Records) on everyone on domestic flights and ferries (powers to get similar personal data on those flying in and out of the country are included in the Immigration Bill). Plus allowing “community support officers” to take part in “truancy sweeps”, power to court to remand in custody those breaching ASBOs until hearing, and police force mergers.

6. EU: European Commission Proposal Establishing a Community civil protection mechanism (recast) (pdf):
See: www.statewatch.org/news/2006/jan/com-civil-prot-06-29.pdf

7. USA: General Accountability Office (GAO) Report on US-VISIT programme (pdf):
See: www.statewatch.org/news/2006/jan/us-gao-imm.pdf

This is little detail in this report on the US-VISIT programme which is intended to keep a life-long history of everyone entering and leaving the USA. However, it does says that since the scheme was started in 2003 and millions of passengers checked only 450 people with “criminal or immigration violations” have been prevented from entering. It also appears that checks on those leaving the country only cover 24% of people – which renders the scheme pretty ineffectual as they do do know whether most people have left or are still in the country.

8. UK leads the world in the collection of individual DNA records with over 2.5 million collected by March 2004. 5.24% of the UK population have had their DNA taken from them, this compares to 0.98% in Austria, 0.83% in Switzerland, 0.50% in the USA and 0.41% in Germany. UK figures are set to increase substantially as a change in the law says that DNA and fingerprints can be compulsorily be taken by police from anyone arrested for any offence – DNA and fingerprints can be kept on the National DNA Database (NDNAD) even if the person is not charged with any offence or has been acquitted of an alleged offence.

See: Report on UK DNA database (pdf): www.statewatch.org/news/2006/jan/uk-DNA-database.pdf

9. Northern Ireland: Bloody Sunday Programme 2006 (link to Pat Finucane Centre):
www.serve.com/pfc/bs/bs2006.pdf

10. UK-PNR scheme: Security services and police to get UK air passenger details in advance (Guardian, link):
www.guardian.co.uk/print/0%2C3858%2C5382063-108958%2C00.html

Statewatch briefing: e-Borders plan to tackle “threats‰ – the scheme is one of the most advanced in the world – but will not be fuly in place until at least 2018 (pdf)
See: www.statewatch.org/news/2005/aug/ebord.pdf

11. European Civil Liberties Network (ECLN): Noticeboard – latest updates:
See: www.ecln.org/noticeboard.asp

12. International Federation of Journalists: IFJ Slams “Culture of Indifference‰ Over Killings of Journalists as Media Death Tolls Tops 150 (link):
www.ifj.org/default.asp?Index=3660&Language=EN

IFJ report:
Part 1: www.statewatch.org/news/2006/jan/ifj-deaths.pdf
Part 2: www.statewatch.org/news/2006/jan/ifj-deaths-2.pdf
Part 3: www.statewatch.org/news/2006/jan/ifj-deaths-3.pdf

13. Russia-UK: Foreign Office rejects espionage claims against British diplomats – agents named (link):
en.rian.ru/russia/20060123/43134065.html

Moscow names British ‘spies’ in NGO row: TV alleges transmitter was hidden in stone block: Embassy staff accused of funding Russian groups (Guardian, link):
www.guardian.co.uk/print/0%2C3858%2C5381318-103610%2C00.html

14. Italy: Interior Minister details reservations on the Prüm Convention (Schengen III):
See: www.statewatch.org/news/2006/jan/07italy-prum-treaty.htm

15. Understanding the riots in France, IRR News Service (link):
www.irr.org.uk/2006/january/ha000016.html

16. European Ombudsman says Council does not go far enough in opening up its meetings:
See: www.statewatch.org/news/2006/jan/06eu-omb-council.htm

17. EU: Commission proposal for a Council Decision on the transmission of information resulting from the activities of security and intelligence services with respect to terrorist offences (COM(2005) 695): www.statewatch.org/news/2006/jan/com-europol-sec-int-info.pdf

18. Germany: Government complicit in Iraq war – Secret service BND remained in Baghdad and supported US military in “identification of targets”, Panorama programme reveals: See: www.statewatch.org/news/2006/jan/04germany-iraq.htm

19. UK: New LSE report on Identity Cards (full report, pdf):
www.statewatch.org/news/2006/jan/identityreport.pdf

Press release (link): is.lse.ac.uk/idcard/PR1.htm
Liberty briefing on House of Lords’ Report stage (link):
www.liberty-human-rights.org.uk/resources/policy-papers/2006/id-cards-report-stage.PDF

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